Sunday, May 30, 2010

Teaching of the Church

A problem exist today as it did with early Christians, being able to distinguish between true and false teachings. Jude reaffirms that the Bible presents the guiding principles, the rules of faith to resolve a number of issues for believers. Plainly speaking, we need to study God's Word, to know it. We need to commit certain resources, such as time, money and service to actualize the true purpose of the church. Disregard for disciplined study of the Word of God allows one to be vulnerable to the exploits of the commercialism practiced in many churches. Jude spoke of the common salvation, the unity that all believers have through Jesus Christ regardless of gender, occupation, or nationality. Christians are to contend for the faith that was delivered to the saints, the essential truths of the Gospel. Christians are saints accepting Jesus as God's son, the only way to God, the one and only. Jude points out in verses 5-7 examples of what happened to those that believed not, those that did not keep to their original faith, and those who lived wickedly, suffered the vengeance of God. Jude instructed the Christians, verses 20-21 to build up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keeping yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto etenal life. The espistle and lesson concludes with a declaration of praise to God in verses 24-25, having faith that God will keep believers to the end.

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